GETTING PICTURE-PERFECT SKIN: Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and it starts with beautiful skin — the face arms, back and décolletage. Most wedding gowns will expose areas of bare skin, especially if they are backless, strapless or have a low-cut neckline. With all the excitement of becoming a bride and planning a wedding, skincare can actually fall down the priority list. But the reality is, the earlier you start thinking about and planning a skincare regimen, the better.
     Most skincare experts recommend a plan that starts at least 6 months to a year prior to your wedding day since most common concerns like sun damage, acne and tattoo removal need many months of treatment to provide the best results. Implementing a healthy, daily regimen can transform your skin, and the earlier you start, the better the results by your wedding day. Even planned weight loss can have a significant effect on your skin. Working with professionals, such as an aesthetician, cosmetologist or dermatologist can help determine the best course of action and the timetable for results you hope to achieve.
     I recently visited Fresh Med Spas for pre-wedding skincare recommendations and tested a microdermabrasion facial for sun damage that reared its ugly head 3 weeks before my wedding and has since gotten worse. The facial was so relaxing and gave me a supple glow afterwards, but in order to see real results (especially with the amount of sun damage I had), Amy Brock, owner of Fresh Med Spas, recommended that I get the Erbium Skin Resurfacing. This laser skin treatment would require at least 3 visits and total around $1,099. This type of skin therapy also works well for other skin problems like acne, but it’s best to have a consultation (which is free, by the way) to figure out which treatment is right for you. I was thrilled to know there was a solution to my sun damage, pictures of past clients’ results proved that success was just a few months away. In the meantime, I’m doing an at-home regimen with a bleaching cream (to be used at night) and using 55 SPF sunscreen every day.
       Brock says, “Sun damage is a typical concern for Floridians, but we also see lots of other skin issues and we’re here to help brides find the right options for correcting your own skincare challenges. The benefit for brides is feeling the most beautiful they can be on their wedding day.”
     Fresh Med Spas offers a variety of packages to help fit your budget and your expectations – sign up for a consultation to see what package fits your needs (pricing will vary based on services needed, but pricing for individual services is on Fresh Med Spas website). Since Fresh Med Spas is full service with hair, make-up, nails and more, it caters to brides by providing the full pampering treatments all in one location. For more information, visit
Professionals like Fresh Med Spas can help you find options for correcting your own skincare challenges, which may be a combination of spa treatments and at-home regimens. There are a lot of medical spas in the Central Florida area, so I recommend interviewing as many as needed to be sure to find one where you feel comfortable—and secure. You should also research elected procedures so that you know what to expect, especially when it comes to results.
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WEDDING OPEN HOUSE: Calling all brides! Looking for wedding vendors in the Central Florida area? The Flour Shop will be hosting a “Wedding Wednesday” Bridal Open House on September 28th from 6-8pm. The event will feature several area vendors including Our DJ Rocks, Lee James Floral Designs, Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates, Heathrow Country Club, Heather Rice Photography, Amy Raith Artistry and more. This is the perfect opportunity to “test drive” vendors and their products, especially if you’re looking for something in particular. Special discounts, cocktails, appetizers, giveaways and gifts are some of the other highlights at this event. Plus, you can register to win a FREE engagement portrait session. The Flour Shop is located at 501 N. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. This event is FREE and RSVPs will be accepted but not required. For more information, please contact Heather Rice at (407) 462-7189.